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Re: [GNUnet-developers] port knocking?

From: Igor Wronsky
Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] port knocking?
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 18:44:22 +0200 (EET)

On Wed, 25 Feb 2004, Christian Grothoff wrote:

> Of course, the biggest question is if there's anyone who'd care for this tiny
> extra bit of security (or maybe more appropriately, obscurity).  As I said
> before, portknocking would not help against an adversary that either joins
> GNUnet or that can perform traffic sniffing.  It only protects against lazy,
> clueless random adversaries.

What would a lazy, clueless random adversary benefit from the knowledge
that some random host is running GNUnet? Anti-GNUnet-personnel
can find better ways, and do not fit the profile of lazy, clueless
and random. ISPs, on the other hand, can look at the traffic patterns
and decide that the activity looks p2p'ish enough to take action,
and besides take the crypted nature of GNUnet dataflow as additional
evidence for villaincy, blackguarding and heinous crime being
purported all the time.

Just my 3c. Maybe I'm just a bit slow as usual and don't
get the implications.


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